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October Speaking Tips

October 27, 2021

How to Speak So That People Want to Listen

One of the new habits writer Sinem Günel established during the COVID lockdown is watching a TED talk per day.

Günel writes in Medium:

“Most TED talks are good, but some are amazing. Lately, I had the pleasure of watching one of the most amazing speeches I’ve seen, delivered by Julian Treasure.

He talks about the power of certain words and phrases and teaches us how we can ensure others carefully listen to us — not only when we are on a stage but also in meetings or private occasions.”

The Ultimate Guide to Improving Focus and Concentration

Getting ready for a presentation or speech requires focus and concentration, which can be difficult to master. Writer and New York Times bestselling author James Clear shares the best ideas and top research to help you learn how to avoid distractions, sharpen your mind, and pay attention to what matters.

Tips from Toastmasters

Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking

Mark Twain once said, “There are two types of speakers: those who get nervous and those who are liars.” From Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi to Samuel L. Jackson and Julia Roberts, even world leaders and renowned celebrities have had to overcome their fear of public speaking before achieving success.  Toastmasters offers these tips for overcoming the fear of public speaking.


Speakers generate a great amount of emotion and interest through nonverbal communication such as gestures and body language. A speaker’s body can be an effective tool for emphasizing and clarifying the words they use, while reinforcing their sincerity and enthusiasm. Here are a few tips on how to use gestures effectively.

How to Rock Your Presentation

Funny thing about people, writes public-speaking coach and author Cathey Armillas. “We try to avoid pain more than we strive for gain.” Most people tend to focus on the negative rather than the positive, says Armillas. She believes that’s the reason why the number one question she gets when coaching clients to give a TED Talk is: “What am I doing wrong?” rather than “What am I doing right?”

Read her top 10 mistakes that can dull down and suck the “wow” out of any presentation, along with ways to turn mistakes into wins.

How one Attorney is Using Public Speaking to Grow Her Business and Brand

For many, public speaking is terrifying. For others, it’s a fun hobby. For Attorney Nicole Abboud, having the opportunity to stand in front of a crowd and capture their attention is a privilege and an opportunity for business development, when done right. Over the past seven years, she has learned how to make public speaking an additional source of revenue in her business. Listen to her podcast.